Eve's Bayou
Eve's Bayou (1996)

Black female writer-director Kasi Lemmons made her feature directorial debut with this period family drama set in the South. Depicting the the African-American experience with a female slant, Lemmons shunned the usual urban violence and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Subplots are woven stealthily into the story, taking the pressure off the central drama, allowing it to be affecting rather than melodramatic, and heightening the atmosphere of the lush Louisiana setting.

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Time Out

Writer/director Kasi Lemmons shows sweet judgment here, doesn't caricature or demonise the errant father, and elicits a host of nuanced performances from women of all ages.

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Jason Bailey

'Eve''s finest quality is the thrill of a confident filmmaker working with material that risks silliness, and pulling it off.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A sparkling directorial debut.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A gothic and, for better or worse, poetic memoir about a young girl and her family of Creole aristocrats.

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Michael Dequina

More than anything, about the nature of memory and how it rarely matches the truth of life.

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Emanuel Levy

An intensely emotional drama that mixes elements of Southern Gothic with the kinds of characters and tensions that prevail in the plays of Southern writers like Tennessee Williams.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

In Eve's Bayou, Tennessee goes to Louisiana, and finds a familiar home. Tennessee Williams, that is.

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The film is given an almost dream-like quality by Vincent who washes everything in a sepia-type tone that adds to the effect of seeing an adult world of deceit and hurt through the eyes of a child.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A young girl with a philandering father and a psychic aunt comes of age in a Louisiana bayou. Strictly in the tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, this… More
Brian R
Kasi Lemmons masterpiece. Amy Vincent's cinematography is just down right beautiful and an all star cast proving real acting strength. It's not so… More
Bruce Bruce
One of the Galas from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, and a Gala it is. Directed by Kasi Lemmons whose work's need to be explored further,… More
Leo L
A personal favorite.
John Ballantine
Should have received more attention at the time of its release, we have a very good performance by Samuel L. Jackson here.